5/6G: Networks of the Future or Defuturing Networks?


Energy efficiency is at the core of sustainability solutions for 5/6G networks. We argue this is a too narrow perspective on sustainability, as it ignores the effects of the increased traffic demand these networks stimulate and the need for additional equipment that this demand requires. The hope is that techniques to reduce the network’s energy consumption in operation will be able to compensate for increases in traffic demand. However, we argue that there are more challenges than just reducing the energy that the network requires to function and that it is not clear whether higher energy efficiency will be able to cope with increasing demand.

Cristina Cano
Cristina Cano
Professora Agregada

My research interests include wireless networks and science and technology studies.